Bluefield, VA has twenty-four administrative assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Valley College, the highest ranked school in this group with an administrative assistant program, has a total student population of 34. It is the 776th highest ranked school in the USA and the 13th highest in the state of West Virginia (#1 is Marshall University).
Administrative Assistant students from Bluefield schools who go on to become administrative assistants, dental assistants, medical secretaries, medical office assistants, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 22,336,450 people working as office and administrative support employees alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $32,990. Also, Switchboard operators, including answering service make on average $26,000 per year and there are about 146,980 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Peoria area alone, there are 210 employed switchboard operators, including answering service earning an average salary of $21,790. Office and administrative support employees in this area earn $31,370/yr and there are 26,720 employed.
Bluefield lies in Tazewell county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Peoria area has 170,260 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary. Thus, about 157 out of every 1000 jobs in Bluefield are held by office and administrative support employees, and 1/1000 are held by switchboard operators, including answering service.
Of the 24 administrative assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Bluefield, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Valley College comes out as the most expensive ($24,497/yr) for administrative assistant students, with Wytheville Community College as the lowest, reported at only $1,335/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Bluefield|
|Mount Gay||WV||-||1||9.61491||36||57.4 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||82.4 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||98.0 miles|